Sound Czech
Terrapin Beer Company

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Style:
Pilsner - Bohemian / Czech
Ranked #54
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
86
Ranked #24,049
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 9.64%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
164
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Terrapin Beer Company
 
Georgia, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  18
Gots
  49
SCORE
86
Very Good
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Having CANpleted CANother brewery horizontal, now it is on to the next victim, er, brewery. Terrapin may have been sold to a corporation, but they have always been rather good to me. For insCANce, I received an erroneous E-mail from them & when I received an apology, I requested an embroidered cloth patch to salve the wound. They sent it forthwith! Onward.

From the CAN: "Check 1,2"; "Sound Czech Pils"; "Pilsner Lager"; "Like music to your ears, the Terrapin 'Sound Czech Pilsner' is a concert of flavor. Brewed with 100% Pilsner malt for exceptional crispness, and accompanied by Czech and German hops for noble superiority, this traditional lager will make you stand up for an encore performance."; "'Turn it up!'".

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. It foamed beautifully to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was a hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose had a pleasant grassy biscuitiness that made my mouth water. Mouthfeel was medium to full, surprisingly big for a Lager! The taste struck more of a balance between the Noble hops and the malt(s) than it should have. Instead of having a sharp delineation between the two, in favor of the hops, this was more balanced. It did not taste bad, but it just did not quite meet the style standards. Finish was semi-dry & while pleasantly refreshing, I was left feeling unfulfilled. YMMV.

Jun 12, 2020
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andypeters1971 from Georgia

1.3/5  rDev -66.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Really stupid name and a really dumb can design. The beer itself is thoroughly well-below average in every regard and is worth seeking out to avoid it.

Mar 13, 2020
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Squire from Mississippi

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow color with white cap.

Aroma of bright, spicy hops with a bready undertone.

Taste on entry is hop forward with a limited malt presence. Indeed, you have to search for the malt as it's light shines rather dimly. Disappointing actually, like a promising young athlete who turns out to be too clumsy to make it at the college level. The malt part seems about right but is so overshadowed by hop bitterness it's presence is diminished.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

Cut the IBU back to about 30 this beer would be in the ballpark. As currently constructed this is an IPL masquerading as a Pilsner.

Sep 27, 2017
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pretty solid, drinkable beer. Optics and clarity are on-point, smell has a nice toasted sesame cracker, hay and pepper spice. Flavor isn't just a bland watery pilsener, definitely has some spice (peppercorn, maybe some clove) elements to it that adds dimension to the base.

Apr 24, 2017
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden colored with just a trace of haziness. There's a sold inch of creamy dishwater white on top. The aroma is of grassy hops and pale malt. I'm tasting more grassy hops than pale malt. The body is very delicate and quaffable. This has plenty of flavor and is very refreshing.

Mar 18, 2017
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Gully13 from North Carolina

4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great take on the style. A little more hoppy than the ones across the Atlantic, it still remains clear and not too complex. It's what I'm looking for in a good pilsner, unpretentious and great on a hot day.

Feb 27, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DATE: February 9, 2017... OCCASION: toasting a nice snow day with the family... GLASSWARE: Penn State pilsner... pours a thick, sudsy two-finger white head that forms even, balanced coral lacing... a light golden body sports healthy effervescence that can be seen through its translucence... tart banana, lemon zest, cracker, and light spices make for an inviting take on the style... first draft is a stern, medium-bodied with a smooth intake and a reasonably lingering aftertaste... pleasant, easy-drinking, and textured enough to avoid a simple mouth-rinser... banana, lemon, light bread malts, and some spiciness--pepper?--with the unmistakable noble hops that evokes garden hose metal.... slightly buttery and floral too... having chosen this as the "Atlanta" representative at the Super Bowl party last week--and downing more than a few with little effort--I can attest that it is a serviceable pilsner that offers enough of a flavor profile to not be lost in the shuffle of pilsners...

Feb 10, 2017
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a faintly hazed, medium straw producing 2+ fingers of soap bubble foamy, somewhat lasting, white head that diminishes to small islands of surface foam leaving bubbly steaks, splotches & webs of lacing. Aroma is pure crisp, clean & dry pilsener with biscuit & cracker malts; lemon & grassy hops. Taste is Pilsener yeast, cracker/biscuit malt, floral, lemony, grassy noble hops, peppery finish with a pleasant & lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, crisp, clean & dry with a nice peppery prickle. There is watery hint in the mouth, the reason for the light medium body designation. A good but not great example of the style. It is nevertheless very pleasant & drinkable.

Feb 05, 2017
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breakdownbbe from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very lively! Would be perfect for getting hammered in a Swiss meadow, or something. Lots of grass on the nose. Wish the feel was a bit more crisp, but a very worthy beer!

Feb 03, 2017
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ithacabaron from California

3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fine, brassy hue into my glass. Head is little to non-existent, but there's decent lace and nice, right bubbles. Solid.

Aroma is super clean, super dry, super fresh. Floral, but restrained. Lemon verbena and a whisper of turmeric. Nice, but lacking the green grassiness I look for with Czech examples.

Flavor is also super focused and tight. A little corn, some ginger tang. Super dry. Just dying to be paired with fatty or fried foods. Still missing the herbal, grassy, fresh notes I want, but so be it.

Mouthfeel is foamy and loose. Could be a bit firmer, but not too shabby.

Overall, a recommended pint! Above average, if failing to reach true transcendency.

Dec 21, 2016
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sound Czech Pils has a hazy, straw-colored, bubbly appearance, a thick, mousy, white head, and heavy lacing left behind, on the glass. Aroma is very rich- strong, sweet, full barley malt and cracker. Taste is of that, with vibrant, grassy hop bitterness, leading the charge. Mouthfeel is medium, and Sound Czech finishes crisp, clean, and highly refreshing.

RJT

Nov 20, 2016
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ThickNStout from Georgia

3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz can from Total Wine (Kennesaw, GA). 2.49. Best by 12/10/16, I'm hoping canned 9/10/16 instead of 4 or 6 months from the best by date. Served in a Terrapin goblet.

Pours an opaque, pale straw yellow with just over two fingers of white head. A splotchy, full layer of retention spreads to a fluffy ring that leaves a few scattered trails of lace.

Cracker, biscuit, grass and some vague spice in the nose. Simple and straightforward.

No surprises in the taste. Crisp, crackery malt, pepper, grass and bread. A very smooth and easy drinking blend.

Light, silky feel with surprisingly soft carbonation. Aftertaste of cracker, dried grass and faint spice.

Terrapin has an easy drinker in Sound Czech. It may not inspire me but successfully hits the right notes.

Nov 04, 2016
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-09.16.16. consumed 10.24.16.

A: Hazy lemon brass coloring shows a good deal of effervesce. Antique white head is rigid and foamy, holding rather well. Lacing decorates the vessel rather well nicely. Really nice coloring, lasting topping.

S: Lemony flower aroma, decent strength per style, with lightly dried orange peel, and dried pilsner grains. Earthy semi-dry flowers close things out.

T: Flavor is zesty, and sharp, lemony orange hops are bright and lightly dry, with a sense of dry pilnser grains. Lager yeastiness provides a bite that was big and strong on the swallow. Bready, dry.

M: Mouthful was really crisp, light bodied and well suited per style.

O: Big on flavor, and hops, very crisp, lemony flower and pilsner strength with a lager yeast bite. Definitely big on flavor and hops, spicy, bold and flowery essence. very good to style.

Nov 03, 2016
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lwcreasy from Virginia

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Yellow, cloudy. Inch and a half of a pretty, white head. Light curtain drapes the glass as we go down, and unseen carb bubbles continually feed the head. Head never drops below a half an inch; great retention. Cloudiness is the only thing out of the ordinary, but doesn't make the beer any less attractive.

Great, great nose! Grainy, crackery, and spicy. With more time, the beer emits a kind of minty aroma that is quite delicious and continually adds to the want for another sip. All of this is of a relatively high intensity per the style, and is amazingly inviting. Floral, spicy hop character is a revelation, and a background sulfur note comes in late.

A very nice crackery malt as the first impression. Minty, herbal, and spice notes are all there. There may be a trace of citrus, but the spicy character is the star of the show. The overall taste sensation is very clean, and features a good, medium intensity, riding bitterness that lasts deep into the aftertaste.

Body is short of medium. Very lively. Very clean. Very refreshing. A mouth bath. Wonderful, slightly creamy brew with a sprite finish.

An interesting, novel take on the style. This beer milks the hops for all their worth and the malt bill (of pure Pilsner) is a gorgeous backbone. Wonderful, drinkable- can I have another?

Sep 10, 2016
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ppvora from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a cold can into a pilsner glass. Can was in a cooler in my car, which was driven around but I poured after an hour after coming to a complete halt.

Look: Straw yellow color, 4 fingers of head, lots of aeration. Tons of lacing.
Aroma: Hay, barley, faint mango in the background.
Taste: Barley, hops, malt. The hops are not in the background...this is a heady pilsner with the hops up front. A really noble hop taste, still not ale-like. Lovely!
Mouthfeel: Some lingering bitterness, but not in a bad way.

This may be the best pilsner I've ever had. Somehow, I don't get this easily in my area (bought this while returning from a trip away), but if I get it, I'm likely to consume good quantities during warm weather.

Aug 28, 2016
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DocRoc from Kentucky

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Southern Brewer's Festival, Chattanooga TN.
A- clear golden, hefty foam head >20sec
S - clean grains and hop
T- delicious, slight citrus but the grains come through
M- light-medium, thrust quenching
O- Beer,beer,beer! Made my 20% Bavarian genes happy.

Aug 21, 2016
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TX-Badger from Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow golden color with white head. Cereal grains, grass, and some cracker on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied, crisp. Finishes with some hay, cereal and grassy notes, crisp and clean.

Aug 05, 2016
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vabeerguy from Virginia

3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a nonic pint glass. Has a hazy yellowish color. The smell was ok but was hard to notice. For a pilsner, it had a different taste than I am used to but something I did enjoy.

Jul 29, 2016
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jkrich from Florida

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. can: unlike most pilsners, this one is slightly hazy, but it has the classic pilsner hue of gold with a sustained, foamy white head. The freshness date (10/1/16) indicates this should be very fresh. I really like the label of a electric guitar playing turtle - "sound Czech" indeed!

A more malt accented aroma is evident, though some noble hops are hinted.

Like the appearance, the flavor is unique for a pilsner and in a good way. It begins a little sour with hints of lemon and malt. The mild hops do complement the profile. This one very faintly reminds me of a Wit style ale, but it still works as a fine pilsner style beer. As the pilsner warms, the bitterness in the aftertaste becomes more prominent.

The mouthfeel is more well-rounded than most pilsners I have tried and the carbonation is restrained. The sweet, faintly sour and lemony flavors coat the palate while there is some lingering bitterness.

Somewhat unusual for the style, yet is thirst quenching and refreshing; absolutely perfect for a hot summer evening in northwest Florida.

Jul 24, 2016
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy, straw yellow to orange, 1 inch white head, good lacing

S: Spicy hops, grass, cracker

T: Sweetness with a little bit of the cracker, then the bitterness and spiciness of the hops

M: Light to medium, good carbonation

O: A really quality beer. Quality ingredients put together into a great product.

Jul 22, 2016
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ryho from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It's a good pilsner. No funniness, no "we did our own unique take on pilsner where we add a bunch of citrus hops". I'd buy this again, its a good easy drinking beer. I'm drinking it on the balcony with my dog, it's good for that.

Jun 04, 2016
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours pale straw with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal, grassy hops and pale malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Very good Pilz.

May 31, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy light orange with a large white head. The aroma is fruit, yeast and some floral notes. The taste matches the aroma, a very good beer.

May 28, 2016
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oberon from North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a pilsner a lighter straw color with a nice tight one finger bone white head atop that leaves some lace as it settles.Peppery hops,toasted bread,and a light mineral element in the nose.The peppery hops are magnified on the palate really playing a big role,quite dry and mineral-like in the finish,just crazy drinkable.Not a better beer out there for lounging outside after a hot day of work,this is not a "no brainer" it's delicate and spicy just great.

May 28, 2016
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philbe311 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L - A finger's worth of crisp airy bone white head... Slight retention gives way to a full slightly creamy veil of lacing... The color is a completely clear translucent pale lemony yellow... Bursting at the seams with carbonation, most of which starts very slowly at the bottom of the glass before quickly picking up steam towards the top of the glass...

S - Smells like a text book example of the style... Loaded with rich sweet cereal grains... Just a hint of corn... A light but inviting noble hop presence...

T - Starts sweet with cereal grains and a slight hint of some nuttiness... The hops don't appear immediately, but bring some serious bitterness once they arrive... The deep finish possesses a bit of a metallic character...

F - Medium bodied... A bit dense... Crisp and clean... A good bit of carbonation... Finishes with an intense dryness...

O - First things first, this is the great label design for a beer ever... Love the name... Love the label... I'm gonna need to get me a t-shirt... Next, this is just a slightly Americanized (read: additional hops added) version of the classic style... Quite enjoyable and refreshing though I'm likely to opt for more traditional representation of the style...

May 22, 2016
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Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 164 ratings